Frequently Asked Questions
- How much to join?
- When is the club open?
- Is archery dangerous?
- Are there try-outs?
- What if I've never done it before?
- What do I need to bring to the first session?
- Do I need my own Equipment?
- Can I bring my own equipment?
- Can I store my equipment there?
- Do I have to attend all nights?
- How many people are in the club?
- What are common problems?
- I am not a student. Can I join?
- I am visiting out of town. Can I use the facilities?
- What is the schedule?
- When was the club founded?
- How do I become a rangemaster?
- How to ask a question not listed here?
How much to join?
Archery term membership: $25 ($15 if joining after our midterm date, different every year.)
Also includes storage fees. We do not accept $100 bills or loose change.
PAC term fee: $50-135
PAC day fee: $5
When is the club open?
Exact hours can be found at the Athletics and Recreation website.
Shooting stops at the last 10-20 minutes of the hours of operation.
The club may also be closed due to bad weather and insufficient staffing.
Is archery dangerous?
Hardly. However, any sport is dangerous if not done properly. It is important to observe line calls, to be patient, and to treat others and the equipment with respect. Participants are required to pay for any damage in equipment that is cause by his/her carless behaviour, e.g., 'dry-fire' the bow.
Also, according to the club constitution, "The Executive has the right to refuse/terminate membership to anyone at anytime whom it believes within reasonable grounds is a hazard to themselves, others, or club property."
What do I need to bring when I show up
to the first session?
Your WatCard, the fees, and maybe a friend. Comfortable, non-baggy clothing (short sleeve shirt, or shirt with tight sleeves), and something to tie your hair back. If a hijab (headscarf equivalents) is worn, the ends must be secured to avoid interference with the bow.
Do not wear things that can get caught: scarves, dangly earrings, a button-up shirt, or facial jewelry. Do not wear uncomfortable or movement restricting items, like stilettos, a corset, etc.
Can I bring my own
Yes, as long as it is less than 55lb (in draw weight) and in safe working order, subject to club review.
If using the club's arrows, the draw weight must be less than or equal to 40lb.
Note: crossbows and other firearms are prohibited.
No. We do not have the sufficient facilities for student equipment storage
Do I have to attend all
No. After the first lesson (the safety lesson), you can come whenever you want. However, there are some reserved times for intermediate / advanced archers, as well as lessons / workshops for beginners.
What are common
For first time archers: correct clothing, familiarity with equipment, and group safety are usually solved quickly. Intermediate archers will have trouble with poor form, equipment configuration "tuning", and athletic preparedness. Advanced archers typically have trouble with sport psychology, muscle strain due to heavier equipment, and small but signifigant form and equipment problems.
I am not a student. Can I join?
University of Waterloo Faculty, alumni, staff, and students can join. You must be a member of the PAC, and have paid all applicable fees. Otherwise, you cannot join as you are not properly insured. If you are a current student on co-op, you must pay the PAC membership fee.
What is the schedule?
You can find the schedule here, including cancellations and times the facility is booked for tournaments or conferences.
How do I become a rangemaster?
A rangemaster ensures order on the range. Please consult the rangemaster's guide for the application process, duties, and privileges.